EAST LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan State University football coach, athletic director, and trustee George Perles has passed away. He was 85.
Perles was the head football coach at MSU from 1983-1994, leading the Spartans to two Big Ten titles and seven bowl game appearances. The 1987 Big Ten championship team finished No. 8 after defeating USC in the Rose Bowl.
He also served on the MSU Board of Trustees from 2007-2018 and was the athletic director from 1990-1992.
Perles graduated from the school in 1960 and earned a master’s degree in educational administration in 1961.